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fastest, smallest and simplest template engine, using JS's literal template feature


If you use Express, you can find here a simple wrapper to use it as Express templating engine : https://github.com/Drulac/express-tl/

npm install template-literal


Usage is simple, the syntaxe is template literals

Expressions are enclosed by ${ and }. The value returned by the expression contained inside brackets is insered in the page code. d is the name of the object used to access data variable.

require('template-literal') returns the template compiler function.

Code sample

example template

<!doctype html>
    <title>index template</title>
        ${d.eat.reduce((str,food)=>str+'<eat>'+food+'</eat>', '')}
        ${d.sport ? 'you are in a good way' : 'change it now'}

example use

const fs = require('fs');
let code = fs.readFileSync('./template.html', 'utf8');
const compile = require('template-literal');
let runTemplate = compile(code);
    eat: ['apple', 'orange', 'carot'],
    sport: true


this benchmark (and this documentation) is mostly inspired by Zup's official benchmark

  • module's versions:
    • benchmark : v2.1.4
    • template-literal : v0.0.1
    • dot : v1.1.2
    • edge.js : v1.1.0
    • ejs : v2.5.7
    • zup : v0.0.1
  • node v7.10.1

template-literal doesn't have options, unlike the others template engine. It's a parts of the high speed reason.

Template code

    <title>My First Article</title>
    <h1>${d.heading.length > 16 ? d.heading.slice(0,16) + '...' : d.heading}</h1>
    ${d.alert ? '<h3>'+d.alert+'</h3>' : ''}

template for other engines can be found in the bench directory



Using console.time with 1e5 runs (lower is better)
Compilation Render
literal 622.954ms 33.071ms
zup 2'555.846ms 184.788ms
doT 6'624.527ms 620.174ms
ejs 15'055.106ms 1'660.634ms
edge 25'413.106ms 28'073.437ms
Using the benchmark nodejs lib (higher is better)
Compilation Render
literal 163'222 ops/sec 3'156'867 ops/sec
zup 38'914 ops/sec 562'130 ops/sec
doT 14'515 ops/sec 157'347 ops/sec
ejs 6'216 ops/sec 57'079 ops/sec
edge 4'285 ops/sec 3'476 ops/sec
Original results
--------- console.time Compile ---------
literal compile: 622.954ms
zup compile: 2555.846ms
ejs compile: 15055.106ms
doT compile: 6624.527ms
edge compile: 25413.106ms
--------- console.time Render ---------
literal render: 33.071ms
zup render: 184.788ms
ejs render: 1660.634ms
doT render: 620.174ms
edge render: 28073.437ms
--------- Benchmark Compile ---------
Literal compile x 163,222 ops/sec ±0.86% (79 runs sampled)
Zup compile x 38,914 ops/sec ±1.89% (78 runs sampled)
Ejs compile x 6,216 ops/sec ±3.10% (77 runs sampled)
Dot compile x 14,515 ops/sec ±0.71% (80 runs sampled)
Edge compile x 4,285 ops/sec ±1.60% (80 runs sampled)
Fastest is Literal compile
--------- Benchmark Render ---------
Literal render x 3,156,867 ops/sec ±0.43% (81 runs sampled)
Zup render x 562,130 ops/sec ±1.64% (80 runs sampled)
Ejs render x 57,079 ops/sec ±1.79% (78 runs sampled)
Dot render x 157,347 ops/sec ±0.82% (80 runs sampled)
Edge render x 3,476 ops/sec ±2.40% (79 runs sampled)
Fastest is Literal render

Run by yourself

you can run the benchmark on your own computer easily : go to the bench directory, run :

  • npm i
  • node benchmark.js and wait 😁


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